Reports- Canelo-Caleb Plant Will Be Showtime PPV
The highly-anticipated Undisputed Super Middleweight title fight between Unified champion Canelo Alvarez and IBF World Champion Caleb Plant is slated for November. And, word this weekend leaked out that Showtime premium cable has landed the pay-per-view rights.
ESPN boxing Insider Mike Coppinger was the first report on social media Saturday night that Showtime had swooped in to televised Alvarez’s next title defense,
Sources: Canelo Alvarez-Caleb Plant on Nov. 6 will be a Showtime PPV. The vast majority of PBC's major PPVs have been carried by Fox recently. PBC's deal with Fox expires at the end of the year, though Fox holds a network option for a fourth year. https://t.co/ATIc13LMxM
— Mike Coppinger (@MikeCoppinger) September 19, 2021
It had been believed that Fox Sports would be the television outlet through their pay-per-view arm that would show Alvarez’s bid to become Undisputed 168 lb. champ. However, this may be the latest indication that Fox is about to let its multi-year deal with Premier Boxing Champions expire at the end of the year.
Jake Donovan of Boxingscene.com had more details on that aspect, including that Fox may not be picking up the fourth-year option on their exclusive agreement with PBC. Fox will be jointly televising the pay-per-view with ESPN of the WBC Heavyweight Title third fight between champion, Tyson Fury and former champ, Deontay Wilder on October 9th. And, Fox has been heavily promoting that pay-per-view already during its college football and NFL coverage over the last two weekends.
Viacom, which owns CBS and Showtime is reportedly ready to step in for Fox and do a multi-year deal to televise Premier Boxing Champions fights, exclusively on their networks.
Back to the Alvarez – Plant fight, it has been delayed due to the fact that Canelo would not agree to the terms from Premier Boxing Champions to fight the unbeaten Nashville native, Plant, who has a deal with PBC.
Alvarez (56-1-2, 36 KOs) was last in the ring in May, when he stopped England’s Billy Joe Saunders, in front of over 60,000 fans in Arlington, TX, to capture the WBO 168 lb. belt.
He then turned his sights to the unbeaten (21-0) Nashville native Plant and his IBF belt.
All parties had wanted the bout to have been this past weekend in Las Vegas, as part of the end of the “Mexican Independence Day” weekend celebration. However, after walking away from the negotiating table Alvarez eventually came back and did the deal for November 6th.